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Sightseeing Tips for Your Holiday in Zadar Region

Sightseeing in Zadar - St Donatus’ Church

Curious to see the most popular sights on your holiday? Zadar region lures you with its beautifully diverse nature, rich cultural-historical heritage and unique experiences. In order to fully enjoy your sightseeing trip, consider the following suggestions and useful tips:

The perfect timing

It greatly depends on what you want to see and do. For a more intimate experience of top attractions on land, you might think about travelling off season, especially in spring and autumn. Then again, exploring the seaside to the fullest is probably best during the summer months, which also happen to be the busiest. So, it all depends on your preferences and chosen sights to see.

Google it all

Get an insight into the fascinating heritage in the Zadar region! And pick up useful info along the way. Book a tour or an organized trip, where possible, for an insider’s perspective and not only facts. Check opening hours and consider buying online tickets. Find out about transport and parking, if you are sightseeing on your own. Most importantly, wear proper footwear that allows you to walk a lot without any discomfort.

Modern attractions in Zadar region

Listen to the sound of the sea, say ‘hello’ to the sun! The Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun, a light installation also known as Sun Salutation, continue to be listed as top sights in Dalmatia and wider. Paying tribute to nature and the city of Zadar, they are absolute musts to experience.

Located at the Zadar promenade, they can be admired all year round, preferably in the evening. Still, if you’re hoping for unique photos as the light show begins, it might be very difficult during the summer months. After all, there may be a lot of people around with the same idea.

Sea Organ and Greetings to the Sun on the historical peninsula, Zadar

Cultural-historical sights

Discover a couple of millennia of history in the Zadar region! Take a walking tour in Zadar, with a guide or finding your own way. Go along the cobbled historical streets such as Kalelarga and across old squares such as the Forum with St Donatus’ Church and the Belltower of St Anastasia’s Cathedral, People’s Square or Five Wells Square, and along the defensive walls (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Consider also visiting museums, many of which are within a walking distance on the historical peninsula and give you a valuable insight into life in Zadar, once and today.

Zadar is a fascinating city to visit, all year round. Sightseeing in the summer, be prepared for busier streets. Also, it might be trickier to find parking space on the historical peninsula than on the mainland.

Still, don’t miss out on smaller villages and towns along the coast and inland. Places like Nin, Pag, Novigrad, Benkovac and others tell interesting stories, dating back centuries if not millennia.

Beautiful islands of the Zadar archipelago

Natural attractions

See beautiful well-preserved jewels of nature! One of the best ways to appreciate the amazing seaside is to go sailing around the island of the Zadar archipelago, preferably from spring to autumn. If you want to use the moment to swim and dive as well, then summer is the best moment. Also, taking an organized trip to see Telašćica Nature Park and Kornati Islands National Park is more practical than planning it on your own.

Natural sights such as Paklenica National Park, the Zrmanja river and canyon, Vrana Lake Nature Park, even Krka National Park in the wider Zadar region, are best appreciated in spring and autumn. Summer is not a bad time either, but you need to consider the weather conditions, particularly the heat, and be prepared accordingly. Also, Krka is very busy during the top season, so buying tickets online in advance is a must. 

See it all with a smile

Plan your sightseeing trip in the Zadar region according to your preferences, time of year and weather conditions, and ask around for valuable local tips. All for a fulfilling sightseeing experience!